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The Leatherwood Reasoning

Mike Slater interviews Gun Owners Of America's Larry Pratt on his organizations endorsement in the Ninth District Congressional race.
Jul 22, 2008 10:52 AM

McCain Veep Choice Not Likely This Week

Marc Ambinder on why there will be no John McCain Veep announcement this weekend:
Mitt Romney, for one, is out of the country and has no plans to return until the end of the week. So is Cindy McCain. (No, they're not together.) Kind of hard to imagine a VP rollout without the spouse....
Jul 22, 2008 10:46 AM

Poster Girl

Business School Professor Bruce Barry lends some insight as to why the press may not have so eager to attend a TNGOP-hyped press conference featuring Carly Fiorina:
Fiorina, a poster child for the fundamental corruption of executive pay, walked away from this sparkling performance with a $21 million severance package after the HP board summarily fired her. One can only hope that McCain taps her for VP and has to spend the next three months defending her tarnished leadership brand.
Jul 22, 2008 10:28 AM

Tennessee Candidates Very Busy

Too busy, it turns out, to participate in Project Vote Smart:
Project Vote Smart released the 2008 Tennessee Political Courage Test results today showing that only seven percent (7%) of the state's primary candidates for State Legislature and twenty-seven percent (27%) of the state's primary candidates for Congress were willing to answer questions on the issues that are of top concern to Tennessee voters, such as questions regarding the employment of undocumented immigrants, the death penalty, the REAL ID Act, access to health care and the licensing of gun possession.
Jul 22, 2008 9:32 AM

Daddy Issues

Dan Lehr shares some amateur psychoanalysis of our current president:
Glad to see that the GOP is not afraid to trot out the oldest living Republican president. For a while, he seemed to be radioactive, & that was a shame. I’ve long felt that our current president overcompensated for his father’s mistakes - leaving us in the mess we’re in now.
Jul 22, 2008 9:24 AM

President Joshua

From Instapundit:
If Barack Obama is elected President, he'll be far more warlike than President Bush, and far more warlike than his pre-election rhetoric suggests. Because before he's elected President, attacks on America are just attacks on America. But after he's elected President, attacks on America will also be attacks on Barack Obama.
Jul 22, 2008 9:22 AM

Naifeh Republican Comes Back On Conservative Critics

Adam Groves reports that Naifeh Republican Kent Williams has struck back against his conservative colleagues who came out with a press release castigating him for accepting a donation from Assistant Democratic House Caucus Leader John Litz.:
Williams turned to criticizing the lawmakers who criticized the donation, saying about Reps Chris Crider, Eric Swafford and Mike Bell that, "they haven't accomplished very much in their home districts. It's people like this who are killing our Republican Party ... I dare say that if a Democrat introduced legislation to give every one in the state a goose that laid the golden egg, these three would vote against it."
Groves reports additionally that Williams has also run "afowl" of a former conservative legislator for his unauthorized use of letter thanking him for an anti-abortion vote. Go get your daily dose here.
Jul 22, 2008 8:52 AM

Obama More Popular With Jews Than Lieberman

From the Huffington Post:
If Barack Obama has a problem among Jewish voters, then Sen. Joseph Lieberman is in monumental trouble. Among the most high-profile Jews in Congress, Lieberman is viewed far more unfavorably than the presumptive Democratic nominee, according to a new poll. Only 37 percent of Jews view the Connecticut Independent in a favorable light compared to 48 percent who have a negative perception. As for Obama, 60 percent of Jews view him favorably while 34 percent view him unfavorably. The findings were released as part of a recent survey of American Jews by the new progressive pro-Israel group J Street. They seem to upturn some of this year's conventional political wisdom.
Jul 22, 2008 8:31 AM

Not The End Of The World

Clark Stooksbury is not going to shed a bunch of tears if the Right continues to lose power:
The Republicans took over congress two years later and it took them about five minutes to reach the level of arrogance and corruption that the Dems built up in forty. I assume she is old enough to remember when it all blew up in the Republican’s faces in 2006 to get us where we are right now. In other words, the world did not end, and will not end if rightwingers are out of power.
Jul 22, 2008 8:16 AM

The Middle East Triangle

Nate thinks that Barack Obama may use his trip to Iraq as a reason to move further to the center:
Will anyone else not be amazed when Barack Obama returns from Iraq with a "new perspective" (i.e. more centrist) view on the war, with a "cautious analysis" (i.e. flip flop for moderate votes) of a longer withdrawal from Iraq?
Jul 22, 2008 8:14 AM